Grow your own food in a city apartment

Grow your own food in a city apartment

I know, it sounds pretty much impossible. Aside from maybe an herb garden there just doesn’t seem to be enough space to grow your own food in the average city apartment, right? Wrong!

It is most definitely possible to grow your own food in a city apartment. Ok, maybe not all your food. That would be pushing it. But there are quite a few things you can grow with just a little bit of work on your side.

So how can you grow your own food in a city apartment you ask? By creating your own window garden.

Grow your own food in a window garden

Resevoir System Window Garden Window farm schematicA window garden ( originally known as “window farm”) allows you to grow a multitude (the number depends on the system you choose and the size of your window) or different types of vegetables (and fruits) in your own own window.

How do we do this? By building what is known as a hanging hydroponic growing system. Hydroponics is a way of growing plants, without soil.

Instead of getting the nutrients from the soil like plants normally do, they now get them from a nutrient solution that has been dissolved in water.

Advantages of growing your own food in an apartment

WindowFarm @ Kiasma.jpgThere are actually several advantages to growing vegetables in a city apartment, in a window garden.

First of all, because your window garden is inside you can grow vegetables year round. You’re in control of the climate, not mother nature.

Second,  the nutrient solution is delivered straight to the plant’s roots (see the plans for the window gardens to see exactly how that is done).

Because the plant gets the nutrients delivered to its root system, instead of having to focus on creating a big complex root system, it can focus on growing the vegetables.

This means the food you grow in your apartment actually grows faster than the food grown through the traditional method.

What food can you grow in your apartment

I already that said you can grow almost anything in your window garden. The exception to this: root vegetables. Unfortunately root vegetables are not suitable to window gardens.

Aside from those though, go ahead and get planting. Especially leave vegetables (kale, lettuce, chard, etc) do very well in a window garden, as do kitchen herbs. But you can even grow your own strawberries in your window garden (those have to be pollinated by hand lots of people have successfully grown them).

This article is just a brief introduction to window gardens for those of you that aren’t familiar with the concept yet. Soon I’ll also start posting articles on how different vegetables are grown and how you can grow them from seeds if you want to.

For now though, just get started and build your own window garden, get some vegetables in there and start seeing the fruits of your labor. Sooner rather than later, you’ll be eating your own, super fresh, food.

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